Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 26
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 26

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 20, 1998
Page 26
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10—FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1998 ON THE MARKET Williston includes pool, unique features By Associated Designs An indoor pool is easily the most remarkable feature of the Williston, though not, by far, the only one. The multilevel, curvilinear stone planters gracing the entry facade are also quite striking. This plan is designed for active families that appreciate a relaxed mix of indoor and outdoor living environments. Entering through double doors, you immediately fade the sky-lit, glass-enclosed pool, gliders in the dining room offer the closest access. You can also get to the water by passing through the utility room, equipped with a convenient shower and toilet. Three sets of sliders open the pool to the exterior, maximizing fresh air circulation when desired. The covered patio is handy for outdoor dining, while the patio spanning the rear is great for soaking up rays. In moderation, of course. Entry, living room and dining room are bright and spacious. All have 9-foot ceilings and are awash with light from the pool enclosure. Kitchen and dining room flow together. A raised eating bar provides partial separation without 01998 Associated Designs, Inc. blocking the view. Kitchen counters wrap around four sides. The built- in desk makes it easy to keep household affairs in order, and the huge walk-in pantry boosts storage space. A mess-free gas fireplace in the living room offers concentrated warmth on chilly days. The home entertainment center is sufficiently deep and wide to house an assortment of electronic equipment plus a large collection of CDs, tapes and videos. Amenities in the Williston's master suite include a generous walk-in closet, private bath with dual vanity and oversized shower. Last, but not least, it's mere steps to the pool. For a review plan, including scaled floor plans, elevations, section and artist's conception, send $15 to Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, Ore. 97402. Please specify the Williston 30-165 and include a return address when ordering. A catalog featuring over 250 home plans is available for $12. For more information call (800) 634-0123. Low-odor exterior paints debut in near future By POPULAR MECHANICS For AP Special Features Until recently, a string odor in latex paint was like a l<j)t of things in life - it was unpleasant, but you put up with it to get the job done. r The primary odpr-causing agent in latex paint is solvent, but things are changing. Today, you can buy low-odor interior latex paint that is essentially solvent free, and industry experts say that low-odor exterior paifits should debut in the near future. Certainly, this is a boon to painters eyaj;where wjio are sen- sitive to chemical odors. The problem is telling the difference between paints that are nominally low-odor because they meet federal specifications for solvent content and new varieties of paint that are formulated to have almost no soIvent.A can of high quality latex paint contains 20 percent binder by volume. In traditional latex paint, there is I percent to 7 percent solvent dissolved into the binder. New low- odor varieties of latex paint are essentially solvent free, though they contain about the same amount of binder. In traditional latex paint, globs of binder and particles of pigment are suspended in water. As the paint dries, the water evaporates and the solvent-softened binder globs become oval shaped. When the water has completely evaporated, the globs of binder are cpa- lesced and the remaining solvent evaporates. Solvent-free latex has soft binders. They coalesce without solvent. . Both types of paint form a high quality, long-lasting film, but the solvent-free variety is good to know about if you're chemically sensitive. Tips about thatch Knowing more about what thatch is and how it affects a healthy lawn can help homeowners keep their lawn luxuriously beautiful. Thatch is a layer that develops between the green turfgrass and the soil. This layer includes all the living and dead stems, leaves and roots below the green portion of grass plants. Certain species of grass develop thatch more rapidly than others, but even highly desirable grass species can develop thatch if the soil is compacted, if the lawn isn't fertilized or mowed correctly or if it's not properly treated with pesticides.However, thatch is not caused by general lawn fertilization, correct use of pesticides, or by leaving a thin layer of grass clippings on the lawn. A thin layer of thatch protects grass crowns against winter injury and cushions the soil surface for children playing on the lawn. However, when the accumulation of plant matter exceeds the rate of decomposition, thatch grows thicker and usually causes problems. Once thatch is thick it can pce- vent grass roots from getting the nutrients they need. Even with heavy rainfall or irrigation, thatch will intercept the water, leaving grass dry. Lawn mower wheels also sink into thatch, causing mower blades to cut too low, damaging the growing point of grass plants. Thatch can also harbor insects and disease causing pathogens that can damage lawns. One of the most effective and easiest ways to control thatch is with aeration. According to the scientists at TruGreen-Chemlawn, to keep thatch under control, lawns should be aerated annually, spring or fall. This gives grass roots an important chance to get the moisture they so critically need.If thatch gets too thick - 3 4-inches thick - there may be no remedy other than to strip off the thatchy sod layer and replant a new lawn. This is a far more labor intensive solution than aeration and creates its own disposal problems. A lawn care expert at the nearest TruGreen-ChemLawn center can help you determine if your lawn might benefit from aeration. TruGreen-ChemLawn is the nation's largest professional lawn, tree and shrub care company and the fastest growing interior landscaping provider. They serve more than three million customers and employ more than 15,000 professionals in 46 states. REFINANCE NOW WITH NORWESTS "STREAMLINE" MORTGAGE • Less Documentation • Faster Closing • Zero Point Loans • Low Closing Costs • Free Credit Report w/Application Doug.asK.yse * Experienced, Local Lenders * Competitve Rates • AMERICA'S #1 ff MORTGAGE * LENDER (800) 480*0290 j. 845 E. Perkins St.,

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